FBI Director James Comey, a Republican, announced on Tuesday morning the agency’s recommendation to bring no charges against Hillary Clinton for her improper use of a private email server for sensitive communications, adding that “no reasonable prosecutor” would file such a case against her. Hillary is not the first government official to have “carelessly” handled secret and classified information, but others were not lucky enough to receive the same special treatment.
Though he was a well-respected four-star general who was rumored to be eyeing a future presidential bid, Petraeus’ career came to an abrupt end with his 2012 resignation after it was revealed he passed sensitive information to Paula Broadwell, his mistress and biographer. Petraeus lied during the investigation, which itself is a felony, but the Department of Justice accepted his plea of the lesser charge of mishandling classified information. He was sentenced to probation and then fined $100,000, and his presidential prospects diminished.
“To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” Comey’s statement said. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
The FBI director ACTUALLY SAID that others who’ve done the same thing may face consequences, but not Hillary. HE ACTUALLY SAID THAT.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 5, 2016
Of course, then there’s Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the NSA’s secretive mass surveillance in 2013. His decision to leak classified intel to the general public didn’t warrant the same lenient treatment from government agencies.
Despite an outcry from the public and the success of legislation that seeks to reign in government spying, Snowden was still censured by top government officials and charged with violating the Espionage Act. After Snowden fled the country to Russia in order to avoid decades in prison, Clinton herself referred to him as a traitor who has “blood on his hands” for his leak of classified documents. Talk about hypocrisy.
Break classification rules for the public’s benefit, and you could be exiled.
Do it for personal benefit, and you could be President.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 1, 2016